1742] To Horace Mann LKTTEB71.—i ThoPetroiais a villa belonging to tlio Groat Duke, whore I was yesterday presented to the Prince and Princess; but had not the honour of a word from either: he did vouchsafe to talk to Lord Walpole the day before. Yesterday the Lord Mayor brought in their favourite bill for repealing the Septennial Act, but we rejected it by 284 to 204. You shall have particular accounts of the Secret Committee and their proceedings; but it will be at least a month before they can make any progress. You did not say anything about yourself in your last; never omit it, my dear child. 71. To HORACE MANN. London, April 8, 1742. You have no notion how astonished I was, at reading your account of Sir Francis Dashwood!—that it should be possible for private and personal pique so to sour any man's temper and honour, and so utterly to change their principles; I own I am for your naming him in your next dispatch: they may at least intercept his letters, and prevent his dirty intelligence. As to Lady Walpole, her schemes are so wild and so ill-founded, that I don't think it worth while to take notice of them. I possibly may mention this new one of changing her name, to her husband, and of her coming-over design, but I am sure he will only laugh at it. The ill-situation of the King, which you say is so much talked of at the Petraia1, is not true; indeed he and the Prince are not at all more reconciled for being reconciled; but I think his resolution has borne him out. All the public questions are easily carried, even with the concur- Prince Craon resided in summer. Walpole.